Free baggage rules at Lufthansa

The permitted free baggage allowance is determined by the service class booked and the status of the passenger and is shown on the ticket/Passenger Receipt.

The following basic regulations apply for the free baggage allowance on all intercontinental flights operated by Lufthansa:

New fares on European flights

For flights within Europe the free baggage rules are determined by the new Europe fare options:

Booking an extra piece of baggage

With the new Light fare, you can add one piece of baggage weighing up to 23 kg to your booking for a fee of € 15 per direction. You can do this under ‘My Bookings’ on If you add a bag at the last minute at the airport you will have to pay a higher fee of € 30 at the ticket counter or € 45 at the gate.

Please note: once paid, the baggage fee is not refundable.

Add a first piece of baggage

With the Classic and Flex fares, you can take one bag up to 23 kg per person free of charge, as usual.

The new fares on European routes and the related baggage regulations apply for tickets issued starting 28 July 2015 and departures starting 1 October 2015.

More information on the new Europe fares

Free baggage dimensions

The maximum size per piece of baggage, regardless of class, is 158 cm (width + height + depth).

Items of baggage that are larger or heavier than the permitted dimensions and weight or that are additional to the free baggage allowance will be carried as excess baggage for a flat fee.*/*** Items that weigh more than 32 kg will be transported by air freight for a charge. For further information, please visit the Excess and Special Baggage page.

Ski or snowboarding equipment as free baggage

In addition to your free baggage allowance, you may take one piece of ski or snowboarding equipment free of charge on your Lufthansa flight.*/** The maximum weight of an additional piece of ski or snowboarding equipment must be within the weight limits of the travel class you have booked.

Please register your ski baggage without fail no later than 23 hours before departure with the Lufthansa Service Center. This is only necessary so that Lufthansa can ensure that your ski baggage is carried.

Further information on taking ski baggage with you

Free baggage rules for children

  • Children under two have a free baggage allowance of one piece up to 23 kg. */****
  • Children aged two or over have the same free baggage allowance as adults.
  • Additionally, a car seat or folding buggy or pram or a baby carrier may be carried as carry-on baggage free of charge. Further information is provided on the Carry-on Baggage page.
  • Further information about taking child seats and Moses baskets on board with you is listed on our ‘Safety for infants on board’ page.

Extended free baggage rules for:

Status customers

A higher free baggage allowance applies to Frequent Travellers, Senators, HON Circle Members and Star Alliance Gold members.

Further information for status customers

Passengers with sports baggage

Sports bags can be checked in free of charge as part of your permitted free baggage allowance.

Further information for passengers with sports baggage

Certain routes

Specific free baggage allowances apply to Economy Class passengers on certain routes. New: Economy Class passengers flying to/from Japan on a ticket issued since 8 January may take two bags with them, each up to 23 kg.

Exceptions for Economy Class

Which baggage regulations apply to checked baggage in the case of journeys operated by several airlines?*

When booking a journey with several airlines the baggage regulations of the airline which flies the most significant route of the journey (usually the longest route geographically) and under whose flight number this route has been booked apply. For these purposes it is irrelevant which airline actually operates the flight.

The baggage regulations apply in each case up until the moment you break the journey for more than 24 hours (make a stopover).

You have booked a return flight from Vienna to Johannesburg with connections in Munich and Frankfurt.

Your outbound flight:
From Vienna to Munich with flight number OS 115 (OS = Austrian Airlines), operated by Austrian Airlines.

Continue without stopover from Munich to Johannesburg with flight number LH 9542 (LH = Lufthansa), operated by South African Airways.

The baggage provisions for your outbound flight therefore comply with Lufthansa’s baggage regulations.

Your return flight:
From Johannesburg to Frankfurt with flight number SA 7573 (SA = South African Airways), operated by Lufthansa.
Continue without stopover from Frankfurt to Vienna with flight number OS 7260 (OS = Austrian Airlines), operated by Lufthansa.

The baggage provisions for your return flight therefore comply with South African Airways’ baggage regulations.

* In the case of tickets issued before 01.04.2015 the following regulation applies: when booking a journey with several airlines the baggage regulations of the airline which flies the most significant route of the journey (usually the longest route geographically) and which actually operates the flight apply.

Specific rules apply to US and Canadian flights:

Special regulations USA and Canada

*This does not apply for the new Economy Class Light fares on European flights.
**All routes except for those to/from the USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama).
***Here, a regular piece of baggage of up to 23 kg can be booked for a fee
****In this case only the accompanying adult can check in one piece of baggage. Additional pieces of baggage must be checked in as excess baggage.